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A seashell vendor sells seashells which have been taken alive from the water, killing the animal inside.
A seashell vendor sells seashells which have been taken alive from the water, killing the animal inside.

Poaching is illegal hunting or fishing. It may be illegal because: Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Look up poach in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Download high resolution version (1024x768, 108 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1024x768, 108 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... “Hunter” redirects here. ... Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish by hooking, trapping, or gathering. ...

  • The game or fish is not in season.
  • The poacher does not possess a license.
  • The Hunter used an illegal weapon for that animal.
  • The animal or plant is on restricted land.
  • The right to hunt this animal is claimed by somebody.
  • The means used are illegal (for example, baiting a field while hunting quail, or using spotlights to stun or paralyze deer).
  • The animal or fish is protected by law or that it has been listed as extinct animal or an Endangered Animal (see for example the Endangered Species Act for the USA)
  • The animal or plant has been tagged by a researcher

It is currently estimated that the illegal wildlife trade is worth 10 billion US dollars.[citation needed] Bait is any substance used to attract prey, e. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...

Note that only wild animals can be poached. Stealing or killing domestic animals is theft ("cattle rustling"), not poaching. Cattle rustling is the act of stealing cattle. ...

Plant poaching is also on the rise. A prominent example is the removal of Ginseng [1] growing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is estimated that dried wild ginseng plants are worth more that $500 per pound on the black market. Species Subgenus Panax Section Panax Series Notoginseng Panax notoginseng Series Panax Panax bipinnatifidus Panax ginseng Panax japonicus Panax quinquefolius Panax vietnamensis Panax wangianus Panax zingiberensis Section Pseudoginseng Panax pseudoginseng Panax stipuleanatus Subgenus Trifolius Panax trifolius Panax is a genus of 11 species of slow-growing perennial plants with fleshy roots... Cades Cove panorama The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a United States National Park that straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. ...


Historical aspects

In the Middle Ages, poaching was a form of hunting unique to the poor, especially during the eras when hunting was a privilege reserved to landowners and the nobility. In the 16th century, killing a deer (a royal animal) was punishable by death. The poor typically hunted small animals such as rabbits (using snares and ferrets). Genuine hunting required weapons, considerable skill and spare time, which the average peasant simply did not have. A peasant was far more likely to kill the lord's deer to protect his fields. Still, killing the deer was considered poaching, no matter for what cause. Outlaws could support themselves by hunting, even though they could get into even more trouble doing so. In the medieval period, wild animals were considered a major source of food because of several famines that demolished other sources of food. This led to an increase in poaching. (15th century - 16th century - 17th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 to 1600. ... Fawn and Stag redirect here. ... Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the execution of a convicted criminal by the state as punishment for crimes known as capital crimes or capital offences. ... Genera Pentalagus Bunolagus Nesolagus Romerolagus Brachylagus Sylvilagus Oryctolagus Poelagus Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world. ... Trinomial name Mustela putorius furo (Linnaeus, 1758) In general use, a ferret is a domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo). ...

In England poaching was fairly common right up to the late 20th century. There is evidence that poaching was a major source of food for the rural poor. Many traditional English folk songs deal with poaching, wether the act itself (as in the Lincolnshire Poacher) or the consequences of being caught (for example Van Diemen's Land). Perhaps because of this, poaching has been viewed with a kind of nostalgic romanticism in some areas, seen as a noble act to defend the rights of the poor. Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the people. ... The Lincolnshire Poacher is a traditional English folksong associated with the county of Lincolnshire. ... 1663 map of Van Diemens Land, showing the parts discovered by Tasman, including Storm Bay, Maria Island and Schouten Island. ...

Modern issues

There have been many national and international actions taken against certain kinds of poaching and hunting. Hunting for Ivory was banned in 1989. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Addressing the problem

Some game wardens have made use of robotic decoy animals placed in high visibility areas to draw out poachers for arrest after the "animals" get shot.[2]. In the United States, game wardens are state or local officials responsible for enforcing environmental protection laws pertaining to the hunting, fishing, and trapping of wild animals. ...

Modern terminology

As of at least 1990 the verb is sometimes used to refer to the act of hiring employees who are already employed by another company (especially a competitor), orchestrated by a recruiter referred to as a "headhunter". Headhunter can refer to: Headhunter: a person who takes someones life in order to take their head. ...

In 2007, the term began to be used to mean being harassed by family members.

See also

The Black Act (9 Geo. ... The Siberian Tiger, a subspecies of tiger. ... WildAid is an organization that seeks to end the illegal trade in wild animals. ... The Night Poaching Act 1828 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, still in effect in the 21st century. ... Wildlife Enforcement Monitoring System (WEMS) is a GIS based model developed to monitor wildlife law enforcement in the Asian region. ... “Hunter” redirects here. ... Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish by hooking, trapping, or gathering. ... A hunting license is an American regulatory or legal mechanism to control recreational and sports hunting. ... A bag limit is a law imposed on hunters and fishermen restricting the number of animals within a specific species or group of species they may kill and keep. ... Image:FRANKIE COBB.jpg Various species of deer are commonly seen wildlife across the Americas and Eurasia. ... cheese ...


  1. The Trade in Wild Animals: A Serious Problem
  2. Market size of the illegal trade in animals

External Links

  • Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Poaching Paradise (Video)

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Poached eggs are generally cooked in water, fish in white wine, poultry in stock and fruit in red wine.
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